IT NEVER WAS WORTHWHILE BY JEM SHAW AND MALCOLM HAVARD
The Great War saw slaughter on an industrial scale. Millions died, countless more had their lives irrevocably blighted by injury, by mental destruction or by the loss of livelihood. Yet precious little was resolved by the greatest conflict the world had yet seen; perhaps its only measurable effect was to make inevitable the still greater atrocity that followed little more than twenty years later. This collection of stories by Jem Shaw (The Larks) and Malcolm Havard (Contrail, The Last Mountain and The First Book of Gabriel) looks at the war through the eyes of the ordinary people who lived through it, people with previously mundane, safe lives; bakers, draughtsmen and well brought-up young ladies fresh from finishing school, who each try to adjust to the inconceivable. By turns tragic, funny and occasionally unbelievable, it will make you re-think your view of World War 1.